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Icy Faces: Eastern Orthodox Christians Take Chilly Epiphany Plunge

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

Eastern Orthodox Christians took an icy plunge on Sunday to mark the Epiphany feast. Thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, ...

And a Little Cat Shall Lead Them

Stan Duncan | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Maybe this year, this new year, we should pray as we never have before, that the wisdom of the least, the last, and the cats might come into our lives and open our eyes, and guide us forever.

Epiphany 2015 Celebrations Around The World

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion

The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the new season of Epiphany, is observed on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Ep...

Why Do Christmas Pageants Make Us Laugh?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Maybe it's the earnest Mary played by a girl who is twice the height of Joseph her erstwhile husband. Maybe it's the wandering toddler shepherd who keeps walking off the stage in search of his mother in the pews.

Trusting What I Cannot See

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rudri Bhatt Patel

In the very instant, I felt the magic of inhaling the present knowing that is the only moment that I have firmly in my grasp. Seconds that occurred before or ones that happen in the future fall away when you realize the absolute urgency to live in the vessel of the present moment.

The Big Lesson About Jealousy I Learned From My Daughter

Doug Zeigler | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

Jealousy can be lots of things. It can be a show of how much you love someone and desire to protect them. It can also be a horrid thing where you envelop them instead of trusting them and letting them grow into themselves.

Fear and Loathing in the Middle Ages

Marion Winik | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty
Marion Winik

I got in bed and fell immediately into a deep sleep. Then, at some dark and silent hour of the January night, I bolted awake. What's happening? Moments later, sensing the strange environment inside my brain, I realized what it was. I was tripping balls from that damn cookie!

My Very Own 36 Hours in New Orleans

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.16.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

It was loud and busy, wet and deafening, but the music, the dancing, and the food were still amazing and mood-lifting.

Epiphany, Mount Sinabung And The Polar Vortex: The Week In Photos

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world, captured in the thick of things. Ranging from the serio...

How Miracles Work

Gerit Quealy | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

I couldn't tell if it was the rain or the tears. That's not true, it was clearly the rain -- because the windshield wipers weren't working! Again. Te...

Back in the Box

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Every year, Christmas disrupts our lives and shatters our routines. It breaks into our normal patterns and turns them upside down. It is not too different, I suppose, than the first Christmas.

Epiphany and the Polar Vortex

Carole Ganim | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

The good news is that religious life endures and thrives today, but it is very different and in the future it will be better.

LOOK: Bulgarians Celebrate With Chilly Ritual

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Thousands of young men are plunging into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in an old ritual marking the feas...

The Epiphanies of James Joyce and Jean Bethke Elshtain

John Carlson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
John Carlson

"The promise of Christmas with its theme of natality," Elshtain maintained, entails the perennial "possibility that something new and unexpected might burst through the crust of 'the same'

Epiphany 2014 Celebrations Around The World

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the new season of Epiphany, is observed on Monday, January 6, 2014. ...

Taking Down Holiday Decorations

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Now that Hanukkah and Christmas are over until another year and we are wishing "Happy New Year" to everyone we see, when is, or when was, the proper time to take down holiday decorations?

Getting Closer to Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In order to understand fully the meaning Christmas, one must be acquainted with what happened several months earlier.

On Nearly Drowning, Three Years Later

Brook Meakins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Brook Meakins

I felt a sense of clarity; I didn't feel cheerful or buoyant, but eventually I realized that I had a new perspective: I had experienced a profound vulnerability in Costa Rica. It made me uncomfortable because I was used to being in control of everything--my experiences, the outcomes of those experiences

The Seven Rules for Happiness

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Jeanne Martinet

I am here to tell you that I have, at long last, discovered the secret -- the ultimate seven rules for leading a successful and happy life.

I Don't Sing in the Shower Anymore

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I have so many people -- friends, family, Owen's teachers, doctors and therapists -- who tell me how well I handle everything going on in our lives. They have no idea about the middle-of-the-night Emergency Room visits when the stress of internalizing it all takes over my body.

What Gifts Do Our Children Need?

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

In the spirit of the Magi who brought gifts to the Christ Child, let's take a few moments to consider what gifts we should bring to all of God's children.

PHOTOS: Brrrr.. Orthodox Celebrate Epiphany With Icy Plunge

AP | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Thousands of young men leapt into icy rivers and lakes across eastern Europe on Sunday to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in ce...

A Christmas Message Of Hope

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

We recommit ourselves to the Christian faith at Christmas time and then are called to live out that faith into the world.

Getting It

Waldo Mellon | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Waldo Mellon

Dear Waldo, It's 4 a.m. and I must admit to you that I am in a terrible way. I cannot sleep, and this is not like me. I'm 64, and my husband is thre...

PHOTOS: Orthodox Epiphany Celebrated

Posted 01.23.2012 | Home

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, during which they cleanse themse...